Mrs. Trump, who traveled to Texas with Alex Azar, the well being and human providers secretary, was additionally scheduled to go to the Ursula Border Patrol Processing Center, which had became a particular subject of scrutiny this week after a authorities video emerged displaying households sitting in cages clutching mylar blankets. But her go to had to be reduce quick due to dangerous climate.
A senior administration official, who insisted on anonymity, instructed reporters on the primary girl’s aircraft that solely six of the New Hope facility’s 55 kids had been separated from their mother and father, and the remainder arrived as unaccompanied minors. At the power, officers instructed the primary girl that the separated kids might converse to their mother and father twice a week.
Mrs. Trump additionally requested concerning the situation of the kids once they arrived: “So when the children come here, what kind of stage, you know, physical and the mental stage” are they in when “they come here?”
She was instructed by an official that kids usually arrive distraught, however quickly settle in.
“It’s a process, yes,” Mrs. Trump replied. “But I’ve heard they’re very happy. They love to study. They love to go school.”
In latest days, in accordance to her workplace, Mrs. Trump was upset by information stories about households being separated on the border and helped persuade President Trump to take motion to cease it. Amid the din of voices who tried to persuade him to change his thoughts — together with members of Congress and his oldest daughter — the primary girl’s concern appeared to stand out.
“My wife feels very strongly about it,” Mr. Trump mentioned as he signed an govt order on Wednesday to cease the separations. But Mr. Trump, who confronted a rising outcry from the general public and from Republicans and Democrats in Congress, didn’t say whether or not her urging had swayed his choice.
In any case, Mrs. Trump had deliberate the journey earlier than the president signed the order: “I don’t know what she knew” concerning the timing, Ms. Grisham mentioned. “She knew what she wanted to do, and she told us.”